An insiders view on how bankers, corporations, and lawyers took over the United States Government and became the “Rulers of America” during the Gilded Age. Written with true authority by a man who had a front row seat for it all, R. F. Pettigrew was the first senator from the state of South Dakota, and he made no friends during his time in the US Congress. These are his memoirs.
In this episode – Continued reading of Triumphant Plutocracy by Richard Franklin Pettigrew, including Chapter IX: Plutocracy. The Power Over American Public Life in the Hands of the Rich. The Meaning of Plutocracy. The New “Golden Rule.” Rockefeller accumulates $1 Billion in Fifty Years. The Census of 1890 and the Distribution of Wealth. 1915: 2% of Population Owns 60% of Wealth. Pettigrew Tries to Make Surveying the Distribution of Wealth a Permanent Function of the Census Bureau. Pettigrew Talks About the Invisible Government.
FIGURES & CHARTS FROM CHAPTER VIII